All I have to do is to wink, lift my brows

All I have to do is to wink, lift my brows

I've always thought that mind control existed only in superhero or scifi movies.

Never did I once imagine that I would come close to the real deal one day - using brain signals to control household appliances.

On Tuesday, I tried out such a device designed by Republic Polytechnic (RP) students, which helped them bag an award last Friday.

I was told that by positioning what looked like a cross between a head massager and headphones on my head, I would be able to switch appliances on or off with just a wink or a wiggle of the eyebrow.

Interface

First, I went through a 20-minute crash course by the RP students on how the device worked, using a brain-computer interface.

It didn't sound too difficult for a user. After watching the students' demonstration, I was more worried about looking silly with twitching eyelids and facial spasms.

My first hurdle came while the headset was being positioned onto my head. The fit was so snug that the pressure took a bit of getting used to.

The RP students pointed out that it was already of a bigger size as it came from the US.

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